Co-operative Farming: January 2022 news

19 January 2022

Is this Australia’s most co-operative town? Meet The Killarney Co-op – new podcast episode

Our latest Meet the Co-op Farmers podcast episode takes us to Killarney, a small town on the NSW–Qld border. Our rural reporter Michael Kavanagh talks to Marissa Costello from The Killarney Co-op as she reflects on the co-op’s first 100 years and looks to the next 100.

One of Australia’s oldest co-operatives, Killarney Co-op was the dream of a Danish immigrant, Christian Petersen, who knew that the co-operative model he had experienced in Europe would help secure the future of Killarney’s struggling butter factory.

Over time, the co-op has shifted its focus in response to the needs of the community and changing market demands, and today it stands as a community-owned retail co-op that offers a supermarket, an electrical appliances retailer, a hardware, a petrol station, a rural supplies store and a post office. As well as providing the community with essential goods and services, their redistributive approach to business is helping farmers across the region to secure both supplies as well as customers for their produce.

Listen now via our websiteSpotify or Apple, or read about Killarney Co-op’s remarkable journey of resilience and reinvention over the past century.

Next episode: In our February issue, our rural reporter Michael Kavanagh talks to Marc Oostdijk about Rabobank’s co-op ethos and history, its new community fund and how agribusiness can lead in sustainability.

Co-op farming sector news

Mountain Milk Co-operative has announced a milk supply agreement with the Milawa Cheese Company

CBH is leading an Australia-first biofuel trial on a grain vessel carrying a sustainable barley shipment from Australia.

Oz Group Co-op Limited recently celebrated its 20th birthday. OzGroup remains 100% farmer-owned and represents a commitment of over 140 individual growers on the Coffs Coast to work together.

WAMMCO has announced 100 per cent first COVID dose milestone at its Katanning facility.

Calling all co-ops. Why not join the global community of co-ops wearing your heart on your sleeve with a .coop domain.

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Co-operative Financials and Governance for Accountants and Lawyers CPD course
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Fundraising is a key part of forming and running a co-op, but it can seem overwhelming at first. Our Capital Builder has been created to help co-ops raise capital efficiently and effectively. It will help you create a clear fundraising plan, build your confidence in implementing it and assist you in remaining compliant throughout the process.

We’re here to help

If you have questions or would like more information or support to planstart or run a co-op, please get in touch with the Co-operative Farming team.

Banner image source: The Killarney Co-op

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